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On Sunday the 25th at 6pm EST, we’re performing scheduled maintenance. We anticipate this planned outage will take between 2 and 4 hours.
DHEC has a new number for appointments at local health departments.
Please call 1-855-4-SCDHEC (1-855-472-3432).
On Sunday, January 7, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, the SC DHEC, Bureau of Information Technology will be performing scheduled maintenance and updates. This scheduled service outage will impact the Vital Records system throughout this time period.

Raised Seal, Apostilles

Will my record have a raised seal?

No.  DHEC no longer issues what is traditionally defined as "raised seal" certificates. South Carolina stopped issuing the "raised seal" in March 1999.

From July 2008 to August 2016, all vital record certifications were issued on a security paper with a green border, a gold state seal in the lower left corner and the DHEC logo in the lower right corner.  

SC DHEC adopted a new logo in 2016. Beginning in August 2016, vital record certifications are  issued on security paper with a blue border, a gold state seal in the lower left corner and the DHEC logo in the lower right corner. 

The certificate issued by South Carolina is acceptable for all legal purposes including obtaining a US Passport.

How do I request an "apostille"?

An apostille, which is sometimes required by foreign governments, is issued by the S.C. Secretary of State's Office.
For information about obtaining an apostille, visit the S.C. Secretary of State’s website (http://www.scsos.com/Home).